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Recognize ROTC

December 18, 2010

With this weekend’s repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, the one obstacle that Harvard has used to justify its dishonorable refusal to recognize such an honorable organization as ROTC as been lifted. Originally banned because of hostility towards the military during the Vietnam War, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps has not been recognized by the university because of the DADT policy over more than the past decade. Following today’s events, President Faust should fulfill her promise to “fully and formally” recognize ROTC upon the repeal of DADT. Regardless of one’s opinion of the DADT policy, every student benefits from the sacrifices made by those honorable individuals who protect our freedom and security through their service in the United States military. ROTC cadets deserve the full support of this university, and the Harvard Republican Club hopes that President Faust and Harvard University will do everything in its power to recognize ROTC immediately and provide as much support to ROTC cadets as it can.

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  1. Somewhat confused permalink
    December 19, 2010 7:48 am

    Is “full and formal recognition” of ROTC by Harvard the same thing as restoring ROTC on the Harvard campus? Because Faust had said she wanted ROTC physically at Harvard. This seems to be a subtle but possibly important shift of goals. Harvard needs ROTC on campus.

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